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Desert-tested gear that worked really well on Arizona trek

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Some people field test gear, then never do a follow-up. But the real test of product quality is over continued, sustained hard use. These products proved themselves – again – in the hot Arizona desert.

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Best canoe? 40+ years and this Coleman is still going strong

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Good gear is an investment. I bought my 15-foot Coleman Ram-X canoe before setting out on my 1980 Source-to-Sea voyage on the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico. The canoe is still being used. 

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Green Lakes, Oregon mountains, purify water

Videos: Ten+ survival items under $20 each that work really well

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Your survival gear needs to work, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need the most expensive stuff. Here are 10 excellent survival items that cost under $20 each.

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The Battle Horse Feather Stick, top, is based on the classic Scandinavian do-it-all knife design.

Review: Battle Horse Feather Stick may be the ultimate Scandi knife

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Love your Mora™ knife, but want something tougher? Check out the Battle Horse Knives™ Feather Stick™.

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Review: Danner Pronghorns, classic boots with modern materials

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Your boots can make or break your hunting trip. These classic Danner boots, proven in the field for almost two decades, might be what you are looking for.

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A 55-gallon trash bag can make a quick, effective emergency shelter.

Five tips for avoiding hypothermia

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Hypothermia directly causes death at least 1,500 times annually in the United States. Here are some tips to help you avoid hypothermia, and some links for more specific information.

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Review: Danner Incursion 8-inch Coyote Hot for comfortable hiking and military use

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I like using gear that has been field tested and issued by the United States Military. The Danner Incursions meet Army standards, and may be the best desert hiking boot for us civilians. Here’s why.

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World record grizzly killed with a .22 caliber rifle

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The .22 caliber rimfire cartridge is the classic beginner round. But is the diminutive cartridge good for anything but small game hunting and plinking?  You might be surprised.

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Best trail shoe? Check out this review of the Danner Trail 2650

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Some of your most-used walking or hiking shoes/boots may end up being lightweight, low-cut trail shoes. That makes these Danner Trail 2650 shoes worth a second look.

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Five quick tips to break in new boots or shoes

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What is the quickest, most effective way to break in new shoes or boots? Here are some tips.

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